Memory Verse of the Week

The memory verse of the week will be posted here every Monday morning. 

  • 1 Corinthians 13:8

    Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.

    Paul writes that love never fails.  I don't know about you, but I've failed in love a time or two.  What he is talking about here is the Eternal Agape Love.  Just as our pastor taught us on Sunday, God's love is eternal and as His children we should be reflecting His attributes.  Paul closes this section by saying "And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love."  Faith is the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1) and hope is in a future glory (Romans 8:24).  But love will never end, this is what Paul means by Love never fails.  Just as gifts of prophecy, tongues, and even knowledge will not be necessary in eternity, neither will faith or hope.  Because our eyes will be opened to all things hidden (Matthew 10:26).  So we can rejoice that, true love, God's love, never fails!

  • 2 Timothy 1:7

    For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.

    I want to encourage you to read through the first chapter of 2 Timothy each day this week. Focus specifically on verses 8-14 as we strive to live Godly lives. Everything Paul tells us after "Therefore" in verse 8 comes by means of the power of verse 7.

  • 2 Corinthians 5:20

    Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.


    An Ambassador is defined as: a diplomatic agent of the highest rank accredited to a foreign government or sovereign as the resident representative of his or her own government or sovereign or appointed for a special and often temporary diplomatic assignment.


    God is the sovereign authority.  He is not sovereign over a country or a territory; He is sovereign over the entire Universe.   We are an agent, acting on His authority, calling sinners to be reconciled to God.  Earlier in this chapter Paul asserts that, “Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation” (vs 18).  Furthermore, we hold this office for a temporary time (1 Peter 2:11-12), working in order to glorify God (1 Corinthians 10:31), with the promise that we too will be glorified (Romans 8:16-17).

  • 1 Corinthians 3:11

    For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 


    Menno Simmons was an early leader of the Protestant Reformation.  As our Pastor mentioned this week during his sermon, the reformation began when Martin Luther posted his 95 thesis on the door of the church at Wittenburg.  He did this on October 31, 1517.  This year represents the 500th anniversary of that event.  While Luther's main point of contention was the selling of indulgences, Menno took issue with the doctrine of the church which stated that the communion elements actually became Jesus's body and blood.  He also contended against infant baptism as un-biblical.  Menno took on 1 Corinthians 3:11 as his personal motto.  Like Menno, we are striving to lay a foundation in no one other than Christ Himself by memorizing His Word.

  • Nahum 1:7

    The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble, And He knows those who take refuge in Him.


    This scripture tells us three important aspects of God's nature.  He is good, He is our stronghold in trouble, and He knows us personally.

  • James 1:26

    If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.


    What an important word from James.  bringing our tongues under submission is a very difficult thing.  James likens this lack of self-control to a worthlessness of our faith.  This verse concludes the famous section of James chapter 1 where we are instructed to be quick to listen and slow to speak, and to be doers of the word and not hearers only.  Let's all strive to apply scripture to our lives each day!

  • Psalm 119:10-11


    With all my heart I have sought You; Do not let me wander from Your commandments.  Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You.


    To begin our challenge of scripture memorization we look at a Psalm we are likely all familiar with, 119:11.  But how many of us know verse 10?  Here the Psalmist tells us to seek out the Lord with all our heart.  This command is found throughout scripture in Deuteronomy 6:5 as well as Matthew 22:37.